Eating on Holidays

Posted on September 3rd, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Nutrition Tips

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Hi,

Eating on holidays is always a dilemma.  You have worked so hard to lose weight and here comes a holiday. 

What should you do?

Step back and look at the bigger picture. 

A diet or a nutrition plan is part of your lifestyle.  Even if it is a temporary one (like most diets seem are).

Getting in shape and/or losing weight are great goals and a great way to change your lifestyle for the better.

But, you also have to be happy and satisfied with life. 

Are you going to be happy if everyone around you is feasting and drinking and having fun – while you are eating your salad with no dressing?

Are you going to want to listen to all the teasing about your diet or your fitness program all weekend?

Odds are the answer is probably not. 

Some fitness and nutrition gurus maintain that you will undo all your hard work with a weekend of feasting and drinking.

So what is the answer?

How about a compromise. 

When you know a holiday or a special celebration is coming up then prepare for it. 

Work out extra hard that week.  Eat extra clean that week.  Take some extra supplements (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) that week.

When the event arrives I think you should go ahead and enjoy yourself. 

But, that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard.  You can enjoy all the food and drink within reason. 

Eat a little of everything you want.  Just don’t go back for seconds and thirds and fourths.  You can do this throughout the weekend and no one will even notice. 

If you want to exercise, get up earlier than everyone else and go to the gym or just for a brisk walk. 

Do a couple of these sessions throughout the weekend and that will be enough. 

This way you get to enjoy the holiday weekend and not have to worry about undoing all your hard work.

Eating on the holidays can also be a great way to add some poundage to your weight lifting. 

All the extra food will give you lots of energy.  Go ahead and use that by really upping the amount of weight you are lifting.

Not only will this feel good, but the repairing necessary after a jump in strenuous activity will burn a lot of extra calories. 

This might be just the pop you need to get you really motivated.

In the meantime have a great Labor Day. 

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